Cyclone Country

Dylan Montz

I'm a native of Eastern Iowa. Born in Cedar Rapids and growing up in Mechanicsville, stepping into my role as a correspondent with The Gazette in August 2014 was almost like coming home. I'm a 2010 graduate of North Cedar and a 2014 Iowa State University grad. During my days at Iowa State, I wrote for the student publication, the Iowa State Daily and was also an intern at The Gazette in the summer of 2013. I'm always looking for feedback on my stories as well as what you, the readers, want to know. You can reach me on Twitter at @dylanmontz or by emailing me at Thanks for stopping by to check out the Cyclone Country blog.





Iowa State football notes: Marcel Spears has career game against Iowa

AMES - The lights in Marcel Spears' head started to go on in the dead of winter.

He hadn't found the role he hoped for on the Iowa State football team and was about to head into spring ball searching for answers. A meeting with defensive coordin ... »

Iowa State trips on details in overtime loss to Iowa

AMES - The feeling in the locker room wasn't different.

There was still disappointment. Plenty of it.

Iowa State had opportunities to beat Iowa for the first time in three years, but drops and missed tackles ultimately had the Cyclones (1-1) ... »

Iowa State looks to be ‘toughest team’ against Iowa

AMES - Joel Lanning broke down the numbers.

This is his fifth year with the Iowa State football team. He's been on the sideline four times for the matchup against Iowa. He's played in one Cy-Hawk game and has only seen his Cyclones win once.


Josh Knipfel fits in Iowa State’s offensive line plan

AMES - Josh Knipfel sat and waited by the phone.

The calls he wanted never came.

As a senior at Hampton-Dumont in 2015, Knipfel had dreams of playing Division I football. Now he's the starting right guard at Iowa State as a true sopho ... »

Iowa State's tasks against Iowa: Run, stop the run

AMES - When film of the Iowa football team flips on, it doesn't take the Iowa State coaches and players long to see how it can win.

Run and stop the run.

Seeing it and executing, though, are two very different things.

The Cyclone ... »

David Montgomery gets Iowa State offense going in win over UNI

AMES - Halftime approached and the Iowa State football team was still searching for answers.

Holding a 14-10 lead against Northern Iowa without an offensive touchdown was a fortunate spot to be in, but there needed to be more.

That's when ru ... »

Pair of pick-6s help Iowa State power past UNI, 42-24

AMES - Too much newness and a lack of execution doomed the Iowa State football team in its season-opening loss to Northern Iowa last season.

The Cyclones put those in their rearview mirror Saturday and turned it around on the Panthers in the fir ... »

2-Minute Drill: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Northern Iowa Panthers

Breaking down Saturday's season opener between Iowa State and Northern Iowa at Jack Trice Stadium.


ISU rush offense vs. UNI rush defense

Iowa State returns its top two rushers from last season, David Montgomery and Mike Warre ... »

Iowa State hopes to ‘move the rock’ against UNI

AMES - The loss was a sting that lingered for several weeks.

Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell opened his tenure with a five-point loss to Northern Iowa that was riddled with errors. The newness and culture shock was too much for the players ... »

Iowa State's Brian Peavy has mind on Houston

AMES - Brian Peavy sees the images and hears the updates.

Being 969 miles away from family in his hometown of Houston while they deal with the effects of Hurricane Harvey makes the situation tough for the Iowa State defensive back.

"Just ... »

Former Iowa State DB Leonard Johnson hopes to turn cooking passion into post-NFL endeavor
AMES - Leonard Johnson made a deal with his buddies.While in college at Iowa State, just like most other students, Johnson was strapped for cash. So w ... »
Iowa State's Deshaunte Jones 'perfecting his craft'
AMES - It was 9 p.m. on a Friday night when Iowa State wide receivers coach Bryan Gasser heard something in the Bergstrom Football Complex. Gasser wa ... »